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My New 2G

Posted by The Great White, Aug 9, 2011

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  1. The Great White

    The Great White Proven Member

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    So I just bought my 1997 Eclipse GST. My last car was too much to repair, an opportunity came up for me to buy this car so I jumped on it, because it was white, a GST, and decent mileage (80K) and these cars are harder and harder to come by.

    First task is trying to figure out how to get rear mold/trim off around back hatch window to fix two quarter size rust spots around window seal. Any suggestions on how that guy comes off easily? I already purchased a new trim/"reveal mold".

    Also with everyones wealth of knowledge, which mods should I start with and work my way up too? I've been reading other posts for the past couple of days but see all sorts of responses, so I just wanted to see what you guys have to say.

    Let me know what you guys think of the new car and any suggestions.

    For anyone who wants to posts suggestions or things I should do and what has worked (or not worked) for them just let me know. And please I've read other posts, I'm not a mechanic, I'm not totally familiar with the car yet, I'm reading up other posts to try and learn, so please don't HATE or leave your negative comments. I am a newbie and am not ashamed, but I do have a love for the car and I want to learn, hence why I'm here and asking for advice. Thanks for the support!
     

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  2. Josh2g

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    Your first mod should be maintance, replace the water pump, timing belt, balance shaft belt, spark plugs and wires at the very least. You do not want to start throwing mods at an engine that has not been very well maintained. After that, think about what your power goal is and what you plan on using the car for. Once you reach a secision look at what other DSMers did/do to reach those goals and copy what they did. As for the rear hatch window it will probably need some Goo-gone and some elbow grease to get it off of there.
     

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  3. 99eclipse420

    99eclipse420 Proven Member

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    You can use a gasket scrapper to get it off or go to harbor freight, I saw there one time a tool specific to getting window mold trim off.
     

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  4. 1990AWD

    1990AWD Supporting VIP

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    Beautiful car! Congrats!
     
  5. 4Lurker4

    4Lurker4 Proven Member

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    She does look good, best of luck with her!
     

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  6. 907gs-t

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    Welcome to the land of DSM's.
     

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  7. The Great White

    The Great White Proven Member

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    Thanks for the suggestions and comments guys. Much appreciated. @ Josh 2G, when you say to replace the water pump, timing belt, balance shaft belt, spark plugs and wires at the very least. I didn't even consider this and am thinking your probably right. Is this all work I could manage myself by using the forums and a repair "manual" cd I'm getting, also any suggestions on the spark plugs?

    As for the rear hatch; at work I got a pretty heavy duty heat gun I can probably use to loosen up any glue holding down that trim. I've been searching the forums for ways to go about it, but no one seems to have a decent clear cut answer. I anticipate having all the materials for the job this weekend and will try and post pics for any others out there who are curious.
     

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  8. blindboarder_02

    blindboarder_02 Proven Member

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    Good color. Clean looking 2gb.
    Engine work should come first. Next I would crawl underneath and get a good look at all the control arms, ball joints and suspension components. Since our cars have plenty of ball joints to inspect, I wouldnt overlook any one of them. Another member had a ball joint seperate on him driving down the road, thankfully he wasnt injured or hurt anyone else, but its something worth inspecting. A simple $100 control arm and ball joint could potentially save you thousands in repair bills later.
     
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  9. cbower

    cbower Proven Member

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    NGK no questions asked on the plugs 8 mm if you can for the wires.... here is also your new best friend once your maintenance is done Tech Guide: 2G 4G63t Upgrades - DSMtuners

    have fun with the car, we are in the same boat with the 80k 1997 gst :hellyeah:
     

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  10. 97_TSi

    97_TSi Probationary Member

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    Great looking car! What kind of power are you looking to get? (After maintenence of course)
     
  11. Josh2g

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    As it has already been said NGK sparkplugs and wires would be best. For everything else nothing comes close to OEM. All of it is something you can do without going to a shop, make sure you understand what you are doing before you take anything apart. Read the directions carefully to ensure nothing will wear out prematurely. It will be a good learning experience because all of those parts are an important step in keeping your DSM running for a long time.
     

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  12. doubleclutch

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    I would recommend after all the maintenance mentioned you invest in a nice set of air/fuel and boost pressure gauges.You don't want to throw stuff on there and be running lean/rich or boosting too high.
     
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  13. kmetiuk

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    Very nice and clean. Stellar purchase.
     

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